Category Archives: SharePoint Saturday EMEA

SharePoint Saturday Arabia Postponed

I am sorry to announce that SharePoint Saturday Arabia, scheduled to be held on December 11th has been postponed until further notice.

For those who cannot wait and keen to attend other SharePoint talks and events, I recommend the following top-notch events:

1. SharePoint Saturday EMEA:  this will be huge, organized and sponsored by great ISV’s and partners, stay tuned for more info |

2. TechEd Middle East : Register Now!

3. SharePoint Conference 2011, Qatar. Register Now!

4. MS3arab Community monthly meetings: I’ll be speaking next month about SharePoint 2010.

Stay tuned for the news dates for SharePoint Saturday Arabia, this will be announced very soon!

Recordings from SPSEMEA – Marwan Tarek and Ayman El-Hattab

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Ayman El-Hattab, founder of, made an announcement this morning that, following in the footsteps of Live Online SharePoint Saturday EMEA, he is sponsoring Live Online SharePoint Saturday Arabia! This is exciting news. Now that the door has been opened, hopefully more of these event will start being localized for communities that don’t have the resources to produce their own.

When I received Ayman’s message, it reminded me that I hadn’t posted his recorded session from SPEMEA. His session was done in Arabic, so making it available now is a good warmup for SharePoint Saturday Arabia, coming on March 27, 2010. Also included for download is Marwan Tarek’s session on SharePoint 2010.

Downloads for SPSEMEA

[[Cross-posted from EndUserSharePoint.Com ]]

The First Arabic SharePoint Session Ever at SharePoint Saturday, Acknowledgments

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And the SharePoint community continues to prove its uniqueness and awesomeness.

This weekend, at SharePoint Saturday EMEA, I conducted the first ever Arabic SharePoint Saturday session. The session was first scheduled for 9:00 AM GMT+0, but due to some technical reasons (the Hyper-V server hosting my virtual machine had some connectivity issues), it was rescheduled to 11:00 AM. That really depressed me and I expected to have less attendees than the other session running in parallel but I was impressed to see that the number was not affected and the attendees exceeded what I anticipated.

I can still recall the first time I recorded a session from the Egypt SharePoint User Group, June 2009 meeting and made it accessible online. The reaction and the support of the SharePoint community was marvelous and unparalleled! Mark Miller wrote a complete post about it, Mike Walsh showed great support to the idea through his blog and I received wonderful feedback even from non-Arabic speaking SharePoint folks congratulating me and urging me to record more sessions. The same happened was officially launched. The number of retweets, announcements, and blog postsreferring to it really surpassed my expectations.

Before leaving you to benefit from the other great articles available at EndUserSharePoint, I would like to extend special thank-you’s  to some people that really supported and spread the word regarding, Egypt SharePoint User Group and my ARABIC session at SharePoint Saturday EMEA. The list includes but it is not limited to the following folks:

  1. Mark Miller
  2. Hammad Rajjoub and Ronald Widha (DotNetMEPodCast )
  3. Joel Oleson
  4. Hanan AbdelMeguid  ( LINKdotNET CEO )
  5. Emad Alashi
  6. Kailash Kalyani (MSFT)
  7. Ruari Plint  (MSFT)
  8. Saed Shela and Huthaifa Afanah (Palestine SharePoint User Group)

And of course, no tribute to the community is inclusive without my colleagues at, Marwan Tarek and Mohamed Yehia.

For the first time : Arabic session at SharePoint Saturday!!

Throughout my blog, twitter account and Facebook, I had wonderful opportunities to get connected to a lot of nice guys in the middle east and especially in the Arabia and one thing noticed in common is the thirst for SharePoint knowledge. Moreover, I have been lately receiving many requests for more Arabic Content at so cheer up guys, I have good news for you!

As you might know, I’ll be speaking at SharePoint Saturday EMEA on January 23rd. The good news is that for the first time ever, there will be a session delivered in Arabic. I’m really glad to be the speaker and hope to see you all there. (Please spread the word)

Here is a brief description of my session.



For the list of speakers and sessions, click here.

If you haven’t registered yet, click here.

Live Online SharePoint Saturday EMEA

1SharePoint Saturday EMEA is a loosely knit group of SharePoint evangelists from around the world. We are working together using SharePoint as a collaboration tool to sponsor live, online global events.

On January 23rd, 2010, we will hold our first online SharePoint Saturday event in the EMEA Timezones (8:00am to 5:00pm London time).

Registration is now open

Join Facebook group here.

I’m really proud to be one of the organizers and speakers in this event, stay tuned, we have a bunch of creative ideas that you will definitely like!